Why do some brands of stoves require an OAK?

RedNeck Wrangler Posted By RedNeck Wrangler, Jul 27, 2008 at 1:56 PM

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  1. RedNeck Wrangler

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    What is the difference? Is it a liability issue? Because some stoves call it an option. Don't they all take in air the same way?
     
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    Yes, and to my knowledge most pellets stoves suggest hooking up the OAK. These stoves use a LOT of air, and sucking it from inside the house can cause a number of problems, including a negative pressure in the house which then affects other systems.
     
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    I am convinced that CO escapes out of the intake on the things during a power failure without a really strong flue draft. No matter who's pellet stove it is.
     
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